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Thursday, January 11, 2001

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Freeverse Unveils Arcane Arena
4:22 PM | Michael Eilers | Comment on this story

Mac Shareware developer and software publisher Freeverse today unveiled more details about Arcane Arena, their upcoming foray into the massively-multiplayer RPG genre. With a mix of various genres and an emphasis on arena combat, this game is sure hook those looking for a multiplayer experience that doesn't involve a railgun. Here are details from the press release:

Freeverse Software today pulled the velvet covers off of their secret new
game, code named "Arcane Arena."

Featuring a client/server game engine which can be precisely described as
"awesome," Arcane Arena will be the first Mac-only game to offer massive
multi-player abilities.

Set on an island in a fantasy RPG-style world, users will join the community
as untested, inexperienced innocents. They won't stay that way for long. In
addition to traditional RPG style skills, weapons, huge magical system and a
sub-island dungeon to explore, Arcane Arena's main attraction will be team
vs. team combat in the ARENA. Featuring a novel combat system which
emphasizes team work, and favors the thinker more than the clicker, Arcane
Arena will provide a whole new experience to the Mac gaming community.

Oh, and it will be free.*

Arcane Arena will be available for beta testing in the 1Q 2001. If you're
interested in signing up, go to www.freeverse.com and join our news list as
we will be soliciting beta testers from there.

Freeverse notes that the combat in the game will focus on tactics, not speed, allowing those with more humble Internet connections or less twitchy fingers to stay competitive. Combat will take place at a slow pace, allowing tactical decisions to take precedence over brute force.

As for whether the game will actually be "free," the press release goes on to note that the game will be "sorta free" -- what that means, only time will tell. In any case watch for more details in the near future.

Freeverse Software
Arcane Arena

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